4.5 now - started tennis 4 years ago, at 37 years old I am 41 years female. Started to play tennis 4 years ago. I have been athlete all my life, all kinds of sports. After one year playing against the wall and working on my strokes, I started to play in the leagues and tournaments. Friends were telling me "you look like 4.5" so I self-rated myself (oh, that ego!) as 4.5 and got beat up in all my matches the first year... LOL... computer bumped me down to 4.0. My first year in 4.0 was miserable as I was hating those moonballs, slices and dices and decided that I am done with 4.0 next year, I cannot take it. But when the next year came (2006) I thought that if I can't beat 4.0 players easily, I am not good enough to move on. So I played 1 more year and won all my matches that year 0 and 1 or 2. I got bumped up to 4.5 again. That year I also started to play Open tournaments. Got beat up often, later won a few matches, got to the finals in a few, and was learning a lot. Played also in the age group tournaments (40 years) and got ranked no. 43 nationally... I play EVERY day, sometimes twice a day, if I can. I workout in the gym regulary, do yoga, stretch, get massages and all that, so my body would hold together during all that stress... (and yes, I also work... LOL... gotta make money for my tennis lessons). I am so disciplined and determined to master as much of tennis as possible, in the shortest possible time. But, there are no short cuts. The experience of competing and seeing all the different kinds of balls, I cannot gain any other way than playing. My goal is to be nationally ranked top 3 in 45s. I have 4 more years to work on my game.